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Hello SparkFriends, I'm Monty!
-In 1975, I left the Armed Forces with a 25% disability! I was told that I would be in a wheelchair by the time I was 45!
-After being an athlete and going through weight fluctuation all my life, I had been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2000, messed up all my blood work numbers, ate garbage, and forgot what exercise was! My maximum density had reached 258 lbs! After a reality check and ten years, I got rid of 30 lbs. ...
HALF FANATIC #3774

Hello SparkFriends, I'm Monty!
-In 1975, I left the Armed Forces with a 25% disability! I was told that I would be in a wheelchair by the time I was 45!
-After being an athlete and going through weight fluctuation all my life, I had been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2000, messed up all my blood work numbers, ate garbage, and forgot what exercise was! My maximum density had reached 258 lbs! After a reality check and ten years, I got rid of 30 lbs. But I slipped and started going back up. After moving to Fl, I was down to around 222.
-On Oct 17, 2010, I was around 215 when introduced to SP. By the end of that month, I had started walking, I realized strength training again, I started fueling clean, and accepted a healthier lifestyle. (Slowly but safely.) I also discovered I loved walking 5Ks. I had done 4 official 5Ks and always envied the runners going by. I trained and became a runner at 60! Since Nov. 2010, I've done over 60 5Ks, 1 8K, 7 10K, 1 10Miler, 8 Half Marathons, 2 Duathlons & 10 Triathlons! I turned 65 years young on May 25, 2015 and am a member of the Outspokin Bicycles Triathlon Team!
-I lost 57 lbs inside of 5 months, a total of 100 lbs! I reached my goal weight and have been maintaining for over 4 years! I'm on the journey and I love it! SparkPeople provides me a source of accountability. The best way I can pass it forward is to be a positive force and help everyone here along our journey!
-There are slight bumps in the journey's road. DON'T dwell on them. Taking a break or leaving for a while only hurts you, and makes for easy excuses! Focus on your dreams and you will soar to your goals. Do it for you!
-It's simple. I want to be able to enjoy a longer life with my family here in Paradise! I'm taking back the years lost! Commitment, consistency, and persistence with no excuses or walking away is the winner's way! I am accountable. I wouldn't want it any other way!
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Member Since: 10/17/2010

SparkPoints: 229,888

Fitness Minutes: 47,407

My Goals:
For 2015:
1) Focus on safe running & better training practices.
DOIN' IT!
2) Become a better Triathlete.
DOIN' IT!
3) Continue to prove by example that the Spark Plan to live healthy works.
DOIN' IT!
4)Support, motivate and inspire all my SparkFriends any way I can.
DOIN' IT!
5) Focus on intrinsic values & enjoy the journey!
DOIN' IT!

My Program:
For 2015:
1) Continue as a role model for my granddaughter and to work to inspire others.
2) Continue to represent Outspokin Multisport Team.
3) Optimize Nutrition.
4) Always cook healthy.
5) Always be in learning mode.
6) Stay positive and passionate about life!


Personal Information:
-I live in Dunedin, Fl, with a Palm Harbor address, by the beach! (Welcome to Planet Florida!)
-I'm "retired" after 32 years of government service with the last 24 at The Pentagon. :P
- I Chair the Public Affairs Action Advisory Committee, and ExOfficio on the Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory & Stadium Advisory Committees for the City of Dunedin, Fl
- I'm Event Lead for Dunedin Relay for Life
- Technical & creative consultant, providing reviews and commentaries on several social networks.
-Member of the Outspokin Multisport Race Team.
-Member of Team Hope for the Warriors Tampa
-I was led to SparkPeople by my wife, DSSECRETS, in Oct '10 ! I can honestly say that SP strengthened our bond, friendship, and love.
- I've been to hell on earth! I've had 7 near death experiences!
I'm a survivor, still suffer guilt from it, BUT I'm now embracing life to the fullest!



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"I've been high, I've been low, I've been yes and I've been oh hell no!"

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GLADGAD
8/30/2015 5:10:09 PM

Thanks for following up. Yes, I'm still having issues with tiredness and I continue to miss/skip workouts because of it. I'm not going to beat myself up over it. My daily schedule is always crazy busy and I have some other things going on in my life that are very stressful so I'm sure that has something to do with it. I just take one day at a time and do the best I can with nutrition and rest.



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GLO-RI-A
8/27/2015 2:55:44 PM

Thank you for you comment to my blog. I really appreciate your encouraging words! emoticon



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SEAJESS
8/18/2015 6:59:56 PM

emoticon Actually, cinnamom on my toast is a great idea! Thanks for suggesting it.



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SLENDERELLA61
8/18/2015 4:02:43 PM

Thanks for your comment on my blog today. You have very clear, and admirable, goals with action backing up your words!! I liked what you said about overtraining, too. You know right now I'm just getting back into running. At times I just want to go faster or longer than I'm really ready for. I have to think of what I need to do today - not what I could have done a year ago. Thanks for reminding me of my running goals, too. Regards, Marsha



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SEAJESS
8/18/2015 2:53:31 PM

emoticon Hope you don't mind if I add you as a SparkFriend. I see your comments on Marsha's blogs and on the teams we share and your comments always give me a lift. With cold, dark winter coming, I need all the inspiration and motivation I can get!



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